Start your review of Without God, is Everything Permitted? This is basically a very brief, readable "Top 20" introduction to ethics. Baggini does a good job of referring to both classic and contemporary philosophers to illuminate moral issues. Sometimes, as in "How much should we give to charity?
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Shelves: philosophy If you are after an introduction to the big questions in ethics, you could do worse than read this short book by Julian Baggini. Baggini covers the important and tough questions, certainly the ones that are important in my family: should we protect the environment?
Is free trade fair trade? Do animals have rights? What is a just war? Baggini never talks If you are after an introduction to the big questions in ethics, you could do worse than read this short book by Julian Baggini. Baggini never talks down to his readers, and he has an impressive focus on the practical as well as the theoretical problems and arguments.
Thinking harder and better about these problems can only be a good thing. Want all those pesky issues just cleared away in one stroke? This is not your book. But in short chapters, the writer does present the ethical issues and presents arguments both for and against. Baggini has opinions and sometimes clearly shows them.
Or at least appears to. Here are just a few sample Like the world in black and white? Here are just a few sample essays. Is terrorism ever justified? Should euthanasia be legal? Are we responsible for our actions? Without God, is everything permitted? Have fun. My only real criticism is the absence of a recommended reading list, this is key for any introduction to a topic.
The Big Questions: Ethics